Washday (Hardcover)

By Eve Bunting, Brad Sneed (Illustrator)

Holiday House, 9780823428687, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2014

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Compact Disc (12/23/2014)

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It is washday. "Are you ready for work, Lizzie girl?" Grandma asks. "I am," Lizzie replies. It's hard for her to set aside her plans for a tea party, but she rolls up her sleeves. Together Lizzie and Grandma haul the steaming washtub to the workbench and shave lye soap into the boiling water. They rub, rub, rub the clothes over the washboard, pull them through the wringer, and hang them out to dry. In the end, the satisfaction of a job well done, an unexpected guest, and a loving gesture make Lizzie's washday just about perfect.

About the Author

Eve Bunting, who has written many books for children, including Pirate Boy, was inspired to write Washday when she came across a set of washing instructions written long before the days of electric washers and dryers. She lives in California with her husband.

While Brad Sneed illustrated Washday, he tried to give the art the feeling of a memory. "I felt the illustrations should represent a fond recollection--light and form viewed through the gossamer filter of time," he explains. "I was careful to allow colors to merge so that edges are defined not so much by variation in hue or value but by the pencil marks that peek beneath layers of translucent paint." Brad is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. He lives in Kansas with his wife and daughter.

Praise For Washday

"An appealing snapshot of rough-hewn life"—Kirkus Reviews
"Lizzie's homey narration not only reveals the depths of family bonds and what it means to work together, but it also walks young readers through the labor-intensive process of doing laundry in days of yore. . . . Graceful pencil and watercolor illustrations include historically accurate details while the soft palette captures the warmth and love between the two workers."—Booklist
"Delightful, child-friendly details ground a warm story featuring wonderful, authentic interactions between Lizzie and her Grandma while offering a fascinating look at doing laundry long ago."—Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
"the pencil and watercolor illustrations aptly evoke the 1889 setting. Plenty of old-fashioned, pioneer-life details are woven into the text."—The Horn Book